Student startup: BV fifth-graders open school store
By Kelby Newcomb
Berryville Intermediate School students no longer have to borrow supplies from their teachers thanks to a few intrepid entrepreneurs.
After getting approval from the Berryville School Board, the Intermediate School Store is now open for business.
Fifth-grader Ella Miller said her friend, Carlie Luney, wants to start a business when she gets older.
“I said ‘Why not start small?’” Miller said. “She came up with this idea of a school store, and I said ‘OK. I’ll support you any way I can.’ ”
“It’s been pretty cool because I get to help out my classmates,” Luney said. “It’s a good way to help and learn.”
Miller said the school is open during breakfast around 7:45 a.m. every school day. Luney said they might expand the business hours later.
“I think we might also do it at the end of the school day,” she said.
Luney said the school store offers pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, pencil sharpeners and more.
“We also have fun stuff kids our age would enjoy,” Miller said. “I’ve enjoyed really getting to know the customers.”
“I’ve been getting better at math,” said Luney, laughing. “There’s going to be one kid who keeps inventory and one kid who keeps track of money.”
She said the money will be used to buy more supplies, and the remainder will be profit.
Intermediate principal Lisa Geren said the profit from the school store will be used to fund events and activities that aren’t funded through the general budget.
Luney said the school will be bringing in some business mentors from the community to help the school store be successful.
“[Geren] thought of pulling a banker and someone who runs a business in,” she said, “to talk to us and teach us how to do stuff.”
Geren said the school store has been a great way for students to learn about business and become leaders.
“The intermediate school is all about being leaders in training,” she said. “We really want to instill grit and gumption and leadership skills in our students.”